Category Archives: Fat

Does this insecurity make my ass look fat?

Amanda’s got an interesting post about the way women run themselves down as a matter of course, both to bond with other women and to show others that they don’t suffer from any grand notions that they’re actually self-confident: Some … Continue reading

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Miss Tyra: Kiss My Fat Ass

(Via) Predictably, the fat shamers crawl out of the woodwork to express “concern” about the “health” of women who have an ounce of fat on their bodies. From the comments at Youtube: * if youre fat youre unhealthy. stop trying … Continue reading

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Wonderful, Glorious Me

I’ve been doing a little poking around through our trackbacks, and it seems that a number of people have found the comments to these posts a bit disheartening, in a god-when-can-we-ever-stop-berating-ourselves kind of way. For example, Maia wrote, What I … Continue reading

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Death Is Not An Option

I believe it was the late, lamented Spy that used to run a feature called ‘Death Is Not An Option.” The idea being that you had to choose between two equally bad options for sex — and death was not … Continue reading

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A Conservative Trifecta: Fat-shaming, welfare-state-hating, and victim-blaming

What’s making you fat now? Food stamps. The argument goes something like this: Low-income people are more likely to be overweight than wealthier Americans. Low-income people are often on food stamps. Therefore, we should re-vamp the foodstamp program because clearly … Continue reading

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Since Jill’s Been Stepping On My Toes

She’s been going nuts today, stealing all my ideas for posts. Hmph. And I’m the fat girl around here. But she didn’t get to this one: FDA approves a new weight-loss drug. For dogs. WASHINGTON – Is your hound round? … Continue reading

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‘Tween Girls at Risk for Fatness

No, I did not make that title up myself. As if being a tween is not hard enough, scientists now call the years between 9 and 12 a time when girls are especially at risk of getting fat. Girls are … Continue reading

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Obesity Report Cards and Eating Disorders

In the unlikely event that you attend a public school, are overweight, and had no idea, now you’ll get a note sent home evaluating your BMI and letting your parents know whether or not your weight is “normal” — despite … Continue reading

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The fear of fat is fucking up my commute

Well, this is interesting. Seems like at least once a week during my morning commute, the MTA stops or delays a train due to a sick passenger. And they never do tell you what the deal is, or how long, … Continue reading

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The pitfalls of one-size-fits-all measures

According to the National Institutes of Health, the man on the left in this photo is obese. I wouldn’t doubt the one on the right is, too. I don’t really have time to write an in-depth post on this today, … Continue reading

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And I Am Telling You

Jennifer Holliday’s performance of the showstopper during the 1982 Tonys. Salon has a nice piece here about Holliday’s performance during the original Broadway run of “Dreamgirls” and how That Song worked its way into the culture. Particularly into gay culture. … Continue reading

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First, Global Warming. Now This.

It would seem that we can add one more thing to the list of things for which the “obesity epidemic” can be blamed: anorexia. Yep. Well, more accurately, we can blame anti-obesity hysteria for an increase in the incidence of … Continue reading

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